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January 11, 2007

Torchwood

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Title:
Torchwood
Rating:
5 out of 5 stars

Wow. The series was amazing.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when the series first started. I knew it was written by the legend that is Russel T Davies, so knew it would be something to try, but his description of a grown up Doctor Who isn’t far off! In fact there will be crossover in the next series of Doctor Who, which will be interesting to see.

That isn’t where the overlap stops – there are other things peppered through the series to watch out for. Like the monster in episode 13, and it’s similarities to the monster from the Doctor Who episode, the Satan Pit. The storylines are most excellent, and to a certian extent keep you asking questions, and making links where links shouldn’t ought to be made… ...and the more you try to think about Jack’s travels in time, the more confusing it gets!

Can’t wait for the next series, but I am also holding out for a complete series boxed set, which should hopefully work out cheaper than the three part box sets being released over the next few months!


January 02, 2007

We're all in this together….

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Title:
High School Musical
Rating:
3 out of 5 stars

Fantastic.

No really. I sat down last Friday evening to watch this film, as I had heard a little bit of hype about it (not to mention numerous adverts on telly for the DVD!) Anyway, I had to go to dinner so recorded the film, so I couldn’t use the sing along subtitles available through the red button. :-(

Now, I was aware it would be cheesy and hideous, and I was vindicated in this assumption. However, it’s so cheesy and rubbish – that is actually brilliant. It’s so bad it’s funny, but with catchy tunes, and predictability – all of which make it totally fantastic. I am buying the DVD!

I was also surprised by how many people I know that watched it – and most of them thought it was so tacky it was cool too! Role on the sequel… HSM 2 – Sing it all or nothing!

UPDATE: I am so over this now!


October 08, 2006

BBC's Robin Hood

Writing about web page http://www.bbc.co.uk/robinhood

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Title:
Robin Hood
Rating:
2 out of 5 stars

I was really disappointed with this programme. I did build it up in my head, but then it had been hyped and advertised by the BBC so much, that it was going to be great. Unfortunately, I don’t think it cuts the mustard.

When it started, it had an air of the BBC’s Casanova about it (although not a hint of Russell T. Davies humour,) but this was quickly determined not to be the case, shortly after the credits. The whole thing was unbelievable, and if you know the story, you could see the whole set up coming. Conveniently those sentenced to hang are members of Robin’s band of merry men, Alan A Dale & Will Scarlet, and then you have Much who he starts out with, oh, and what is this at the end – why it’s Little John of course! Oh dear oh dear oh dear.

Whilst the sets are spectacular, and the archery amazing, the plot leaves little to the imagination. The only way for this show is up surely (it can’t go down – can it?), and I am highly likely to watch the rest of the series, not because it’s compulsive viewing, but due to a lack of anything else to watch on telly.


September 22, 2006

The Black Dahlia

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Title:
The Black Dahlia
Rating:
3 out of 5 stars

Well, on Wednesday night TA and I went to see the Black Dahlia at the cinema. My god it was confusing.

I won’t go over the story in any detail, because I really can’t be sure I’d get it right, although it was entertaining and funny (in places,) about thirty minutes in, you start to wonder what the hell is going on. Although, when TA starts to tell you once you’ve exited the cinema, things slowly begin to make sense.

The plot revolves around the strange murder of a young girl, who looks uncannily like the daughter of a Hollywood property tycoon, but it is a bit more complicated, due to the corruption of a member of the police force…

So, yes see it, but take your thinking caps with you!

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September 21, 2006

The Children of Men

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Rating:
5 out of 5 stars

I think it is obvious why I chose to read this book now. Yes, it is because I think the film looks brilliant, and I wanted to get in there with the book, as I often find the book better than the film, and didn’t want my reading of it spoiled in that sense.

The volume has two distinct “books,” part one is called Omega, and part two, Alpha. The first gives a history of the situation the world is in by 2021. Mankind is infertile, and this lead to the rise of the Omega generation. The last generation of babies to be born during the 1990’s, and they now have a status almost of deity. The protagonist in this tale is Theo, a cousin of the ‘Warden of England,’ Xan, who is in all but name, dictator. Xan has introduced measures to keep the country safe, and let mankind die out in dignity. This includes the Man penal colony on the Isle of Man, for those with any criminal tendencies, the Quietus, the mass assisted suicide of the elderly – supposedly voluntary, and the compulsory fertility testing of men and women in a hope of finding someone fertile to continue humanity.

A radical group who want changes to the system, an end to the compulsory fertility testing, an end to the Quietus (which isn’t so voluntary, and some authority in the Man penal colony contacts Theo. The five fishes as they are called, ask Theo to persuade Xan to implement changes, which Xan implies he will look into, but tells Theo not to bank on any changes. This isn’t good enough for the Five Fishes, who then set about blowing up the Quietus docks, leading to an investigation by the state police….

This book is superbly written, and captivates you with the thrill of the story. You might not think it goes anywhere in the first few chapters, but this scene setting becomes vitally important to your understanding of the relationship between Xan and Theo, and the moral undertones of the novel. I highly recommend it, and I hope the film can live up to my expectations.


September 18, 2006

[spooks]

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Title:
[spooks]
Rating:
5 out of 5 stars

Wow, what a brilliant start to the new series.

The story was fantastic, very sensational, and slightly scary in a “could that really happen? Maybe it could!” kind of way. I admit I only saw fifteen minutes of the first episode due to a power cut (I was mighty pissed off), but what I did see was excellent. The new woman Ros looks like a toughie, which is just what Adam needs, someone to challenge him. Was the killing of Colin really necessary though?

The second part (which I saw all of!) was FANTASTIC – the start with the plane collision imminent really got the nerves going, as I sat on the edge of the sofa chewing my nails and flinching with every punch in the fight between Zaf and the evil MI6 guy. (Who, it is nice to note, Zaf knee caps with a baseball bat at the end of the episode!) I was slightly disappointed with the lack of punishment for the traitors, and poor Juliet is now slightly crippled – which is a shame because I secretly like her as a character, she might be a “ruthless right-wing crazy who’ll stop at nothing” as Harry put it, but she’s the one you love to hate!

On a sad note, I found out that my favourite character (Ruth) is leaving this series (Nicola Walker became pregnant during filming), so I hope for once they let someone go without a struggle – maybe she should just be sent back to GCHQ. PLEASE Don’t Kill her off!


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